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Mysterious suicide shocks Mikima-ini Village in Kirinyaga County

By Nyaboga Kiage October 22nd, 2023 2 min read

In a tragic and mystifying incident, a 60-year-old man reportedly took his own life by hanging himself inside a school’s toilet in Mikima-ini village, Mwea East, Kirinyaga County.

The deceased, identified as Mr Stephen Muchiri, ended his life under unclear circumstances, leaving his family in shock as they say he had not shown any signs of distress in recent times.

Mr Onesmus Mugo, the brother of the deceased, expressed his bewilderment, as he described Stephen as a jovial man. The family is struggling to comprehend the events leading up to his death.

“I was informed about the incident and rushed to the scene, only to find my brother’s lifeless body dangling from the rooftop of the school’s toilet,” said Mr Mugo.

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According to reports, the deceased last interacted with his wife, informing her that he was heading to tether their cows near the school. However, he never returned home.

On the preceding day, Friday, October 20, 2023, Stephen had spent the majority of his time at his rice farm, where he was actively spraying for pests. Upon returning home, he excused himself, saying he needed to attend to the cows, but he did not return home as expected.

This tragic incident in Mikima-ini village is just one of the recent incidents of suicide in Kirinyaga County, as on Saturday, October 21, 2023, two more people took their lives in separate incidents in Mururi-ini village, Ndia Sub-County, and Githioro Village.

The increasing number of suicides in Kenya is causing alarm among the public. Official reports indicate that nearly 500 individuals took their lives in the three months leading to June this year.

This number surpasses the total suicides recorded in the entirety of 2020. Among the victims, the youngest was just nine years old, and the oldest was 76.

This surge in suicide cases, reported by Kenyan police, far exceeds the annual average of around 320 cases, as recently disclosed by the Ministry of Health.

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